We knew this day was coming. Nothing could have prepared us for this day. Much like every other milestone in our daughter’s life, this one was exciting and bittersweet at the same time. She’s not our little baby girl anymore. Kindergarten is such a big step, and we are all excited. This summer I’ve tried to make sure we were enjoying our last days together. She’s going to stay at the school where she went to preschool, so the transition won’t be too hard. However, we’ve been reading quite a few books this summer in preparation of this big step! These are some of our favorites:
The Night Before Kindergarten – Natasha Wing, Julie Durrell
Countdown to Kindergarten – Harry Bliss This one is her favorite on the list. Over the summer we read it so many times, each time I assured her it was ok if she didn’t know how to tie her shoes when the first day of school came around.
Kindergarten, Here I Come! – D.J. Steinberg, Mark Chambers
The Twelve Days of Kindergarten – Deborah Lee Rose
Planet Kindergarten – Sue Ganz-Schmitt, Shane Prigmore
Kindergarten Diary – Antoinette Portis
Monkey: Not Ready for Kindergarten – Marc Brown
The Berenstain Bears Go To School – Stan and Jan Berenstain
These books helped ease the transition from pre-school to kindergarten. She was actually more concerned about who was going to be in her class than anything else. Because she’s going to the same school that she went to last year, she’s just moving across the hall, and there are a few familiar faces in this new class. She made it through the first day, and I made it too without any tears. If you have a little one starting kindergarten this year, or even next year, these books are perfect!